In a very shady corner next to our conservatories grows Matteuccia orientalis, the Oriental Ostrich Fern. This fern is deciduous and enjoys moisture retentive, acid soil. It’s widely ovate, pinnate, bright green sterile fronds surround long, narrower, fertile fronds that emerge later in the year and are near black and turn reddish-brown in autumn.
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,